PARIS – Hundreds of firefighters, backed by water jets, battled a large forest fire in southeastern France on Friday that forced the evacuation of nearby villages.
Thirteen firefighters were injured in Bordezac, the village where the fire started. A total of 18 firefighters were injured amid several wildfires that have been burning for days in the region, according to France Info.
Adverse weather — drought, heat and strong winds — is complicating efforts to contain the blaze in the Gard area, but the fire service said the outlook was “more favorable” on Friday. Other smaller fires have been extinguished.
The service said 620 hectares (more than 1,500 acres) have burned so far. Nearby villages were evacuated and highways closed as more than 900 firefighters and two aircraft battled the blaze. Laurent Joseph, a senior official in the neighboring Bouches-du-Rhône region, told BFM TV that authorities expected to deal with the fire “in a few days”.
The fire is threatening the Cévennes, a mountainous region partially protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site that cuts across much of southeastern France.
France’s national weather service declared several neighboring areas on red alert on Friday for fire risk, and France’s environment ministry warned citizens in the area to pay particular attention to fire risks.
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900 firefighters are battling a huge blaze in south-eastern France
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